Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing students.
  • Practical nurses perform hands-on patient care in a high demand occupation. This program prepares students to work as a practical nurse in such places as homecare agencies, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, hospitals and healthcare clinics. This is a 1,200-hour program's two phases includes Basic Skills, Drug Administration/Pharmacology and Anatomy and Physiology. Students learn through classroom, lab and clinical experiences. After the successful completion of Basic Skills, students will sit for the New York State Nurse Aide Certification Test in order to earn a certificate as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Phase two of the program includes Medical-Surgical Nursing and Specialty Areas (Women’s Reproductive Health, Mental Health and Pediatrics), with continued lab and clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN). 

    • SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) Code: 29-2061
    • U.S. Department of Labor: www.bls. gov/SOC
    • HEGIS Code 5209.20

    Admissions Requirements: 

    • Completed application with two professional references
    • Passing score on the KAPLAN pre-entrance exam
    • 250-word essay and interview with coordinator
    • HS Diploma or equivalent required
    • College transcripts, if prior attendance
    • Up-to-date physical and immunization records
    • Valid CPR card
    • Students must provide their own stethoscope, watch, white shoes, medical scissors and medical flashlight pen.
    • Computer with camera and Internet access are highly recommended.
    • If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony or have charges pending against you for professional misconduct, contact the NYSED Office of Professions at prior to enrollment to determine your eligibility to receive a license. Questions pertaining to moral character may hamper your ability to obtain a nursing license even if you have passed all Practical Nursing classes and the NCLEX.

    Application Fee: $75 non-refundable application fee is required.

Course Information

  • Tuition: $12,985 (Includes E-books, supplies, NYS Nurse Aide Certification Test fee and uniforms. Tuition also covers the NCLEX Exam Fee.)

    Median loan debt incurred by student: $9,500 

    Completion Rate**: 93%

    Job Placement Rate**: 100% 

    NCLEX Licensure Exam Pass Rate**: 89% 

    Program Length: 1200 hours

    Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (class/lab) for approximately 11 months, Clinical hours are generally Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. (clinical hours will vary)

    Location: Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi)- Cayuga Community College Campus (11 River Glen Dr, Fulton, NY 13069)

    Start Date: Fall

    Taught by: Elizabeth Rice, BSN RN, Jennifer DiGregorio, RN, Penney Loomis, RN, Eleanor Miller, RN

    Application Fee: $75 non-refundable application fee is required

    Average Salary*: $46,240

    *According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    **According to CiTi data for the 2018-2019 program year

    This is a COE-approved program.

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